Pebble Beach is fantastically famous for motoring world debuts. This year being no exception with Bugatti choosing the event to take the covers off their latest Veyron.
The Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse Legend Jean-Pierre Wimille won’t be that easy to remember for its moniker but it will be easily spotted thanks to its livery.
“With our first Legend ‘Jean-Pierre Wimille’ we are celebrating Bugatti’s racing life, which experienced a meteoric high point with the Le Mans victory of 1937,” said Wolfgang Schreiber, President of Bugatti. “Bugatti has a strong tradition. Our customers and fans have a great understanding of the brand’s history.”
For those of us who have no idea who Jean-Pierre Wimille is, he was a Bugatti factory race driver, who took home the brand’s first victory in the 1937 Le Mans 24-hour race and repeated this triumph a mere two years later. The irony is that Bugatti, now in German hands, have titled their latest car after a French Resistance fighter during World War II.
Many car enthusiasts might be a touch bored of seeing yet another Bugatti Veyron limited edition. Though, if you’ve never seen one of the 300 “original” Veyrons, you are even less likely to see one of these Jean-Pierre Wimille flavours. After the 300 there will be six Legend series Veyrons produced with three examples for each version. The Bugatti Legend “Jean-Pierre Wimille” is based on the 16.4 Grand Sport Vitesse, whose 8-litre W16 motor delivers a magnificent 1,200 PS and an unparalleled torque of 1,500 Nm at 3,000 to 5,000 rpm, not to mention its acceleration from zero to one hundred km/h (62 MPH) in 2.6 seconds. Having hit a top speed of 408.84 km/h (253 MPH) in April 2013 with the top down, the Vitesse holds the world speed record for open-top production sports cars. If you are lucky enough to catch a glimpse of this car, chances are it will be racing into the sunset before you’ve managed to pull your camera from its bag.